Unless you’re planning on breeding your dog, you should have your dog spayed or neutered to avoid the obvious issues of male roaming and fighting, female heats and litters of unexpected puppies. When comparing spayed and neutered dogs of the same breed, except for male dogs being slightly larger and the unique way each dog decides to water your lawn or bushes, is there much difference between the two sexes? Some dog owners swear males and females have different temperaments and personality traits, while others chalk the differences up to how the dogs were raised and trained.
Here are some common notions people have when comparing male and female dogs of the same breed.
|Facts or Myths?|
|Always affectionate||Enjoy affection, when in the mood for it|
|More aggressive||More docile|
|More attentive||More independent|
|More territorial over property||More territorial over people|
|Harder to train, easily distracted||Easier to train, more focused|
|Emotionally stable||Moody – sulks, sighs and dirty looks|
|Stronger, more energetic||Better with children and animals|
|Can have territorial urination||Easier to housebreak|
|Tend to roam more||More connected to owners|
|Demand attention||Less pushy, but manipulative|
|More playful and goofy||More stubborn|
|More destructive||More dominant|
Thinking about some of these perceptions raises more questions.
“If you want a good dog, get a male. If you want a great dog, get a female and cross your fingers.”What’s your experience with male and female dogs and do you prefer one over the other?